CORRECTIONAL SECURITY OFFICER
Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities
related to maintaining the security, control and custody of inmates in
a state adult correctional facility.
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
• Provides security and supervision to inmates
in a variety of situations and activities; maintain security of an
assigned area or post.
• Provides security and supervision over inmate
work crews; escorts inmates to work sites; inventories and controls all
equipment, weapons, tools and keys.
• Patrols yards, grounds, cell houses,
corridors, dormitories and work areas on an assigned shift; observes
activities and movements of inmates; manages inmate conduct, work and
• Maintains order and discipline in programs and
during meals and recreation periods; inspects living areas, facilities
and work locations for unauthorized objects or materials; makes reports
• Operates manually or electronically controlled
security equipment maintaining controlled movement of inmates, staff
and the public.
• Conducts inmate counts; performs searches of
inmates and living quarters for contraband; enforces institutional
rules and regulations.
• Prepares written documentation and reports concerning inmate behavior, status and movement.
• Participates on escape and apprehension teams; responds to riots and fires.
The Correctional Security Officer job family consists of four
levels, which are distinguished based on complexity of work performed
and the training required to perform the assigned functions.
Level I Code: I10A Salary Band: F
This is the basic level where employees are assigned as
correctional officer cadets and receive formal and on-the-job training
in security and custody duties and various policies and procedures
relating to control and management of inmates. After successful
completion of the required probationary period, employees at this level
are promoted to level II.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
required at this level include knowledge of the fundamentals of English
usage and basic math; of reporting writing; ability to evaluate
situations and adopt effective courses of action; to exercise alertness
and be able to act quickly and effectively in an emergency situation;
to follow oral and written instructions; to gather and organize facts
and complete clear, concise reports; to communicate effectively; and to
establish and maintain effective working relationships .
Education and Experience
requirements at this level consist of the statutory requirements
contained in Title 57 O.S., Section 510.A.2: “a. The
minimum age for service shall be twenty (20) years of age. The
Director shall have the authority to establish the maximum age for
correctional officers entering service and b. possession of thirty (30)
semester hours from an accredited college or university; or possession
of a high school diploma acquired from an accredited high school or GED
equivalent testing program and graduation from a training course
conducted by or approved by the Department and certified by the Council
on Law Enforcement Education and Training either prior to employment or
during the first six (6) months of employment....”
Successful completion of the GED test is based upon standards
established by the Oklahoma Department of Education.
Level II Code: I10B Salary Band: G
At this level employees are assigned as a Correctional Officer I
with responsibilities involving routine duties as a first level trained
security officer in the security, control and custody of inmates in a
state adult correctional center after completion of all statutory
training requirements and job orientation. This will include the
supervision of inmates in a wide variety of situations and activities,
which may include supervising inmate work crews at work sites as well
as patrolling yards, cell houses, grounds and other areas to control
the movements, conduct, work and discipline of inmates. Employees
at this level are responsible for interpreting and executing post
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
required at this level include those identified in Level I plus
knowledge of the use and care of firearms; of proper restraint methods
and techniques; and of self-defense methods.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I.
Level III Code: I10C Salary Band: H
This is the career level where employees are assigned
responsibilities at the full performance level as a correctional
security corporal, for providing security and control of inmates.
Assignments are related to maintaining discipline and security among
inmates, both within and outside the facility. Incumbents
interpret and execute post orders.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
required at this level include those identified in Level II plus
knowledge of the methods and objectives of discipline required for
inmates under restraint; of the psychology of inmate behavior; ability
is required to maintain proficiency with firearms and to assess and
manage conflicts within the inmate population.
Education and Experience
requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus
eighteen months of experience in correctional or security work for a
governmental agency or private corrections agency.
Level IV Code: I10D Salary Band: I
This is the leadership level where employees are assigned
responsibilities as a correctional security sergeant to include such
duties as serving as a team leader or a lead worker and may also be
responsible for providing training, assigning work and other related
duties. Employees assigned to this level that are working within
an institution may be charged with independently performing a
specialized function requiring a high degree of judgment and skill such
as an inmate public work crew officer, gun gang officer, K-9 unit
officer, transportation officer, restricted housing unit officer, key
and tool officer, control room officer, visiting room officer, gate
officer, activities officer, hospital security posts or armory officer.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus six additional months of qualifying experience.
Per 57 OS 510 applicants/employees in this job family shall be subject to the following additional requirements:
c. be of good moral character, and
d. before going on duty alone, satisfactory
completion of an adequate training program for correctional officers
and guards, as prescribed and approved by the State Board of
e. satisfactory completion of minimum testing or
professional evaluation through the Merit System of Personnel
Administration to determine the fitness of the individual to serve in
the position written evaluations shall be submitted to the Department
of Corrections, and…
Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of appointment in order to perform necessary travel.
Applicants will be subject to drug testing.
Applicants must be willing and able to work any assigned shift or day of the week, and additional shifts as required.
NOTE: Employees in this job classification may be designated as
peace officers by the Director and required to meet the training and
screening requirements conducted by the Department and certified by the
Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. (57 O.S. 510)
No person who has received a verdict of guilty or pled guilty or nolo
contendere to any offense required to register pursuant to the Sex
Offenders Registration Act is eligible for employment as a peace
officer. (57 O.S. 589.C)
No person who has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude who has
not received a full pardon from the proper agency is eligible for
employment as a peace officer. (70 O.S. 3311)
No person who has been convicted of a nonviolent felony and who has not
received a full pardon from the proper authority, or who has been
convicted of any other felony offense, is eligible for employment in
this job classification. (21 O.S. 1283.B)
No person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic
violence, who has not been pardoned for, or had the conviction expunged
or set aside, or is subject to a court order that restrains the person
from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or the
partners’ child or engaging in other conduct that would place an
intimate partner or the partners’ child in reasonable fear of
bodily injury and includes a finding that the person is a credible
threat; or who has been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the
armed services is eligible for employment in this job classification.
(18 U.S.C. 922)